Welcome to Classes 7 and 8
Year 3 had a fantastic day exploring the wildlife at Slimbridge. Everyone loved the pond dipping workshop where they discovered fascinating creatures and identified them using information booklets. Titus and Zac caught 4 sticklebacks which has to be a record!
We were also lucky enough to hear an informative talk about otters and watch them being fed. The children all wanted to take a pet otter home, although the experts at Slimbridge persuaded us that although they look friendly, otters have adapted to become dangerous predators!
The day was completed with feeding the birds and a picnic in Wellyboot land. Well done year 3 for your exceptional behaviour. You were superb ambassadors for the school.
Astonishing archery in year 3!
Year 3 continue to strive to join Robin Hood’s merry club. This week, we put our archery skills to the test! We had an amazing time and discovered that we are all talented with a bow and arrow, just like Robin Hood! Thank you to Zach’s Dad, Pete’s Dad, Tom’s Mum and Harvey’s Dad for helping us. A special thank you to Sam’s Dad, Mr Piper, for organising the archery for us. Now we are all ready to join Robin Hood!
Inspired by the artist William Morris, year 3 have designed and printed their own wallpaper! Working in co-operative pairs, they became artists and printing technicians to create their final pieces. By sketching William Morris motifs and transferring them onto tracing paper, they produced a polyblock tile ideal for press printing. To truly reflect William Morris’s style, they are all continuous and inspired by nature. Next, we are going to add oil pastel to the prints to make them mixed media. Our work is being shared with people from around the world on the William Morris website as part of a teaching resources that Mrs Steel has been asked to create to inspire other schools to learn about William Morris.
Year three have begun some exciting African drumming workshops. Our teacher, Dan, is sharing his djembe expertise with us. We can’t wait to showcase our talents in a performance our families in term 4!
Creativity inspired by Stone Girl Bone Girl!
Year three continue to be inspired by Lawrence Anholt’s text Stone Girl Bone Girl, which tells the story of Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter from Lyme Regis. Linking with our Science topic Rocks and Fossils, we have produced beautiful pieces of ammonite artwork and layers of sedimentary rock packed with “hidden treasures from the dark and dangerous cliffs.”
In Literacy lessons, after observing real fossils, we have also written scientific descriptions of our discoveries and poems inspired by the awe and wonder of fossil finding. Creative writing retelling Mary Anning’s story has also helped us to bring the text to life!
Year 3 join the Carol Service at Bristol Cathedral
As in the past two years, our Year 3 group were invited to join a special carol service held at the impressive and stunning Bristol Cathedral. They sang alongside the Bristol Cathedral School choristers (including Miriam, one of our ex Horfield pupils) and the massed choirs from across a selection of local primary schools. They were conducted by our very own Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Steel, with Mrs Alsop dashing between the piano and the massive cathedral organ. A special mention must go to the readers who were very brave to stand up in front of the huge congregation and speak so beautifully and clear. They were Mya, Austin, Eleanor, Albert and Alex. Mya said “I liked my reading because it had Latin words in it. We found out what they meant.”
Linking up our learning: Magical, mathematical Vs!
Year 3 have been investigating Magic Fossil Vs! Inspired by our Literacy and Science learning about Mary Anning, we used number ammonites. We worked together to make each arm of the V add up to the same total. Working systematically, we found all of the possibilities and discovered “mathematical rules” that helped us find solutions. Super reasoning skills Year 3!
Year 3 have responded creatively to Laurence Anholt’s text Van Gogh and the Sunflowers. It inspired us to create our own sunflowers that capture Van Gogh’s signature brush strokes using chalk pastels and warm colours. The text also inspired us to create our own poems about how Van Gogh captures light in his paintings.
Year 3 have been inspired by Laurence Anholt’s powerful text Stone Girl Bone Girl. The text tells the inspiration story of Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter from Lyme Regis. We discovered fossilised dinosaur eggs that contained “baby sentences!” We extended the sentences by adding adventurous vocabulary, adverbs and embedded clauses.
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